Ubuntu @ ICTP
The SDU staff will give you CDs donated by the Ubuntu team at no charge, for you to install and share. You just need to pick them up at the Galileo Guesthouse, in the SDU offices, evenings working days.
We distriuted Ubuntu to scientist from different countries until now. Click on the map to see in how many different countries we distibuted the Ubuntu CDs.
"Ubuntu" is an ancient African word, meaning "humanity to others". Ubuntu also means "I am what I am because of who we all are". The Ubuntu Linux distribution brings the spirit of Ubuntu to the software world.
Ubuntu is a complete Linux-based operating system, freely available with both community and professional support. The Ubuntu community is built on the ideas enshrined in the Ubuntu Manifesto: that software should be available free of charge, that software tools should be usable by people in their local language and despite any disabilities, and that people should have the freedom to customise and alter their software in whatever way they see fit.
Open source software is software that is developed collaboratively by developers across the globe. The software itself is available at little or no cost. The source code (the human-readable version of the software) is distributed with the executable form, giving users of the software the freedom to modify, adapt and improve the software to meet their needs.
Ubuntu includes more than 1,000 pieces of software, starting with the Linux kernel version 2.6 and Gnome 2.10, and covering every standard desktop application from word processing and spreadsheet applications to internet access applications, web server software, email software, programming languages and tools and of course several games.
As in many Open Source projects, there is a lot of documentation concerning Ubuntu. You should start with the The Unofficial Ubuntu Starter Guide. The Ubuntu Documentation Team wrote a guide for getting started with Ubuntu for daily use and a detailed user documentation.
If you are looking for generic Linux documentation, have a look at The Linux Documentation Project. This project has, for years, been the central location for documentation on Linux systems and applications. They host a wide range of long How To documents that walk users through the process of setting up anything from sound to users. They also host longer book-type pieces, sets of Frequently Asks Questions, manual pages, and several online Linux magazines. Much of the documentation is translated into languages other than English.
Because Ubuntu is closely based on Debian, much of the documentation useful for Debian systems is also relevant and useful for Ubuntu. The documentation page on the Debian website provides a good resource for Debian documentation.